If you are suffering with sciatica I feel for you, it really can be debilitating and distressing.  Over the years I have tackled sciatica by combining massage with electro-acupuncture and far infra red lamps to good effect.

There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture may provide some pain relief  for sciatica (Wang 2009, Chen 2009, Inoue 2008, Wang 2004). 

Acupuncture can help relieve back pain and sciatica by:

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987, Zhao 2008).
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).
  • improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.
  • causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow, including circulation to the cauda equine and nerve root. This response is eliminated or attenuated by administration of atropine, indicating that it occurs mainly via cholinergic nerves (Inoue 2008).
  • influencing the neurotrophic factor signalling system, which is important in neuropathic pain (Dong 2006).
  • increasing levels of serotonin and noradrenaline, which can help reduce pain and speed nerve repair (Wang 2005).
  • improving the conductive parameters of the sciatic nerve (Zhang 2005).
  • promoting regeneration of the sciatic nerve (La 2005)

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By Amanda Farrar, Abintra Healing From Within – Harrogate Acupuncture Clinic

 

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